Oh, the faint smell of luxe and that delicate appearance! How you wish to hold those bottles of desire. But every time you touch them your brain gets on fire… eau de parfum, eau de cologne, eau de toilette! The barrier seems unfathomable… or not? If the tongue twisters, err, terminologies (and not the fragrances!) make you feel dizzy, then it’s time to put an end to it. Here you go!
Eau De Parfum < read o-the-parfaam>
- Less perfume essence with more alcohol and water
- Lighter smell that lasts for 3 to 4 hours.
Eau De Cologne <pronounce it as o-the-kolon, named after the city of Köln, Germany>
- Though the name has got synonymous to men’s perfume, it simply means water from Cologne
- Very light, fresh and fruity, depends mainly upon the essential oils
Eau De Toilette< read o-the- twalett and there’s nothing gross about it!>
- Less intense but lasts longer because of higher alcohol concentrate
- Has perfume essence more than cologne but less than parfum
Not Quite The Tongue Twisters, But Mind Boggling Nonetheless!
Notes are nothing but descriptors of scents based on which are sensed after application of the perfume.
The Top Notes: Choose Wisely For An Irresistible First Impression
Most Common: Citrus, light fruits, & herbs
The lightest of all and the first to fade, yet the most important one; recognised immediately upon application
The Middle Notes: The Heart Of It
Most Common: Rose, yang ylang, geranium, orchid, lavender, coriander, nutmeg
Often spiked with a little touch of spices this one rounds up the top note and makes way for the base one to come.
The Base Notes: When The Win Is Complete And Paramount
Most Common: Patchouli, vanilla, amber, cedarwood, sandalwood, oakmoss & musk
Finally. The body of the perfume is whole and supreme. It lingers in the air hours after application